Apartment Series 3: Quick ways to make your place your own

Here is the last post in the Apartment Series. This post is all about our three quick tips to make an apartment you're own.  You finally have the apartment you want, so here is how to transform it quickly. Comment below and let us know you're favorite part of the series! We may just even post some pictures of our decor and little accessories that we got to set our apartment apart from our friends!

First Three things to make it yours:

My Tips:

1. Make your bed. Now this may seem silly, but there is nothing that makes a place feel like home quite like laying down in clean sheets after moving all day.  It is also one of the quickest ways to make your room look put together!

2. Get out your décor.  Little touches like our pillows, candles and cool lamps transformed our place so fast.  Its really made it our own.  Of course things have moved already into a “better” spot, but still just getting things out makes the apartment feel a lot less empty.

3. Put things on the wall. Whether you have tan walls (hotel feel) or white (panic room), putting things on the walls makes everything feel so much more homey.  It makes it feel like you didn’t just move and really makes it your own. So I would come prepared with things you know you want to hang! This makes it much easier! Make sure you measure, level and plan it out or else you could have crooked paintings that look out of place!

Alix's Tips:

1. Hang up those pictures this isn’t a frat house. Coming from a family with an ex-photographer for a dad, pictures have always been a big thing in my life. I love taking and displaying them so I wanted a prominent gallery wall in my apartment. On one of the first days of living in my new apartment I decided what pictures I wanted and where and just did it. One of the huge pluses of a gallery wall is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It made my blank walls feel less sterile and made this place feel like mine. Being able to walk in and see my family, friends, dogs, and places I’ve been on my walls made me happy and made it feel homey.

2. Organize that terrible mess of a closet. Every time you walk in there you see all of your clothes in a heap on the floor. It's not a pleasant sight. Just take an hour and organize it and it will make your place feel much more organized in no time. If the rest of your room is organized your closet will just sit there and haunt you every time you have to get dressed. Just do it and you can thank me later.

3. Invite your friends over. Nothing makes a new apartment feel like home quite like having your friends and family over. Show off your new domestic skills, or your ability to pick up the phone and call for pizza. Beginning to make memories in your new home is the best, and most fun way to really get used to living in your new place. Who knows, you may get a few bottles of wine out of the housewarming.

We hope you enjoyed this three part Apartment Series! If you missed the first two posts you can check them out here! If you'd like to see more posts like this let me know in the comments below or shoot me a quick note

Apartment Series 2: Tips for Moving into an Apartment

Welcome to post 2 of the Apartment Series! Here in post 2 you'll find our tips for the actual moving process our into your new place. We hope these tips are helpful and let us know in the comments what your tips are!

Top 3 tips for moving into an apartment:

My Tips:

1.  Last On First Off Box. My beautiful mother is the one who put this together for me; she’s amazing.  But after all our moving she's the one who knew about this. The Last On First Off Box is the box that is suppose to go on the truck last so it’s the first one that comes off.  This box contains things like cleaning supplies, scissors, paper towels, toilet paper, water cups.  Things that are needed when you are unpacking but that you forget about. Its super helpful and there are some sites that give you lists!

2.  Pack everything nice & organized.  This was such a pain.  Towards the end of packing I got lazy and sorta threw things in a box.  Which I deeply deeply regret.  It is so much easier to unpack when items that go together stay together and it’s easy to do one room at a time.  The more you throw in a box that doesn’t go together the harder it is to put away.

3. Go through your items before you move. This is an awesome tip because it really helps to purge everything so you aren’t moving unnecessary things. I still feel like after many Plato's Closet visits (which I barely made any money on) and Goodwill runs, I still wished I would have given away more.  I can write a post on tricks to purge your closet, office and kitchen supplies if you’d like!

Alix’s Tips:

1. Don’t kid yourself, take all the help you can get. I have moved both ways before, totally by myself and with the help of a team. TAKE THE TEAM. Moving in 6 suitcases of clothes and piles of kitchen equipment by yourself takes all day and completely sucks. Recruit everyone you can to help you and offer pizza and beer as an incentive. Much cheaper than movers and you will probably like them better too.

2. Keep it in the box. If you are moving into a new apartment you are bound to buy new things like bar stools or a microwave. When moving keep them in their boxes. I know you may want to save space in the U-Haul but worrying about if your brand new TV gets damaged in the move is not as fun as you may think.

3. Don’t buy too much stuff. You’ve been eyeing that glass canister set at Target for a month now but wait until you move in to buy it. It will be another thing you have to actually move and you may get to your new place and realize where you wanted to put the canisters is actually where your coffee maker needs to go. Buy as you go and it will save you in the long run.

Apartment Series 1: Places to Shop

Hey Guys! So as you may know I recently moved last week and one of my best friends moved too! We live in different places but we had many conversations on apartment searching, decor, and furniture.  I thought it would be a great idea to put a post together on our thoughts about all things moving and apartment living. My apartment is pretty modern with some cozy items, and my colors are cool tones like grey and blues with metallic accents. My friend Alix would describe her apartment as classic with a modern twist and her colors are, grey with some navy. So welcome to the apartment trilogy!  

First up: Our Favorite Places to shop for our apartment!

My Favorite Places:

1.  Target- YAS TARGET. Sorry but after my 47 trips there and the closest Target to me being the kind that stages living areas, I’m even more in love than I was before.  I think that Target is what inspired my love for gold décor.  This store usually has just about everything you need and not only that but a variety, so there is something for everyone.  I got things from planners, frames, cork-board, candles, candle holders, geo shapes to household items like step-stools (Bed Bath & Beyond did not have that in store for some reason [insert mad emjoi]). I also fell in love with a lot of my items from Target which I think is really important when decorating to love your different pieces. 

2.  Ikea – Feel very very lucky if you are able to have a store near you.  Thankfully there is a store about 20 minutes away from me here in Cincinnati and we were able to get a TON of things here for very low cost.  Be warned most of it is "assembly required" which makes it so inexpensive but that is still worth it to me.  I got some furniture from there in college and getting more stuff from there made it easy to have my rooms flow and have everything go together.  I not only got a lot of furniture there, but also some really cool lighting that I didn’t see anywhere else.

3.  Joss & Main – This is a company just like Wayfair.  They have discounted items that are pretty unique, and this is where I got my bear painting, as seen on my Instagram. They have furniture, kitchen items, and artwork. I got some things I needed that were pretty inexpensive, but I will have to say that I had a good amount of trouble with their website with checking out and such so be careful of that.

Alix's Picks:

1. Target: Obviously Target has everything under the sun, which makes it a fantastic place to shop for a new apartment. One of the best purchases for my apartment was a kitchen tool set for $20. It had everything from measuring cups, to spatulas, to a wine opener (VERY IMPORTANT). It was nice to actually have everything to cook with once I moved in and needed to open a can. They also have a fantastic picture frame selection, which was perfect for my need for a gallery wall.

2. Home Goods: I really like unique décor pieces so Home Goods is perfect for that. I found a tufted, studded dark grey chair for my living room that at any other place would be a fortune but there the price was totally doable. They also have really awesome artwork and I found a perfect geometric mirror for my gallery wall.

3. Antique stores: Going along with my love of unique pieces, antique stores are a great way to find a solid piece of furniture. My dresser in my bedroom I found at an antique store and I restored it with the help of my dad and painted it white. It is one of the sturdiest pieces of furniture I own and it has good sentimental value. I also have a mirrored side table that I found at an antique store up on Lake Erie that I fell in love with when I saw it. Finding pieces that come with a story is half of the fun of decorating. You can buy new furniture all you want but the pieces you searched for or restored are the ones you will always keep.

What are you favorite places to shop? We'd love to hear!